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Jun 6th, 2010

Summary: Bombings in Baghdad, Iraq and Kandahar, Afghanistan killed seven people — including policemen in both countries — and wounded about two dozen. … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on June 6, 2009 Aubrey Immelman commemorated the 65th anniversary of D-Day, the Allied invasion of Normandy on May 6, 1944.

Apr 8th, 2010

Summary: The Taliban has released a video of Pfc. Bowe Bergdahl, an American soldier captured in Afghanistan in June 2009, showing him pleading for his freedom and to be returned home. … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on April 8, 2009, Aubrey Immelman reported that Rep. Michele Bachmann issued a warning that a new bill expanding the AmeriCorps community service agency could lead to the “brainwashing” of America’s youth. Said Bachmann: “I believe that there is a very strong chance that we will see that young people will be put into mandatory service. And the real concern is that there are provisions for what I would call re-education camps for young people, where young people have to go and get trained in a philosophy that the government puts forward and then they have to go and work in some of these politically correct forums.”

Nov 21st, 2008

Summary: Followers of Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr stomped on and burned an effigy of President George Bush in the same central Baghdad square where Iraqis beat a toppled statue of Saddam Hussein with their sandals five years earlier. Chanting and waving flags, thousands of Iraqis filled Firdous Square to protest a proposed U.S.-Iraqi security pact that would allow American troops to stay for three more years.

Nov 17th, 2008

Summary: Afghan President Hamid Karzai has offered to provide safe passage and security for the Taliban’s reclusive leader, Mullah Omar, if he agrees to enter peace talks, and said the U.S. and other Western nations could leave the country or oust him if they disagree. Taliban militants later rejected the offer, saying there would be no negotiations until foreign troops leave Afghanistan.